Pandemic-related school closures have affected 1 billion students around the world and increased the likelihood of around 23.8 million dropping out of school without completing their education, a UNESCO report warns. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging world leaders to reopen schools as soon as it is safe, prioritize funding for education as well as digital literacy and infrastructure, and develop initiatives to support at-risk students.
Rights activists in Peru are calling on leaders to create a national registry of missing persons, citing data from the country's Ministry of Women that 1,200 women and girls have been reported missing in the last four months. The United Nations has noted that pandemic-related lockdowns increase the risk of domestic violence and urged governments to take action against it.
A scenario known as representative concentration pathway 8.5 and outlined by United Nations climate experts that predicts a five-degree increase in global temperatures by 2100 is consistent with actions announced by governments up to 2050 and should serve as a warning to the world, a US study concludes. "RCP8.5 is characterized as extreme, alarmist, and 'misleading,' with some commentators going so far as to dismiss any study using RCP8.5," says study author Christopher Schwalm.
Female Islamic State militants are often mischaracterized as victims and underestimated due to security forces' gender bias, warns Michele Coninsx, Executive Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate. "While women are often active as online propagandists and recruiters, their involvement in other types of activities, including violence, was less prominently documented online because of ISIS's restrictive gender norms," Coninsx notes in a report.
Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown was ceremonially sworn in as the 22nd Air Force chief of staff by Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday in an Oval Office ceremony attended by President Donald Trump. Brown will be the first Black Air Force chief of staff.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday extending National Guard deployments during the pandemic through Dec. 31, but most states will see a reduction in federal funding. Full funding will continue for Florida and Texas, according to a pair of Trump memos.
Army Reserve troops participated in a ruck march Monday in South Bend, Ind., to help bring awareness to deaths by suicide in the military. Participants carried rucksacks for 22 kilometers to represent the 22 service members and veterans who take their own lives each day, with funds raised going to the Wounded Warriors Project.
A team of Army Reserve troops with the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7452, based in San Diego, is the third such group to head to Texas to help with the COVID-19 pandemic response there. "These medical Soldiers expand the capacity of the community medical structure to care for all patients, to include those suffering from the COVID-19 virus," says Army Reserve Medical Command's Maj. Gen. Jonathon Woodson.
The Coast Guard was signed into law by President George Washington on Aug. 4, 1790, as the United States Revenue Cutter Service, according to Coast Guard Atlantic Area historian William Thiesen. Alexander Hamilton "was the first member of an unbroken long blue line that has marched forward for 230 years," he writes.
Brig. Gen. James Kokaska assumed command of the Army Reserve's 102nd Training Division-Maneuver Support in a ceremony held Saturday at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Kokaska takes over from Brig. Gen. Matthew Baker, who has led the division for the past year.